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política technology

i link you

Mona Eltahawy is a feminist. A writer, I *met* her ’cause she was going to give a talk in Amsterdam and then she decided to withdraw. I hear the episode of the Dipsaus podcast where she talked about her decision and a lot of another important things on feminism, politics, de-colonization, and so on.

Really, you should listen to it.

I follow her on twitter, and today she posted:

I wanted to reply to her: Oh, Mona, why Patreon?. But then I thought myself, what if not Patreon?

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ideas política

ética es política

Pero en realidad esto va de autoplacer en tiempos de corona. Porque cómo a la autora del artículo Follar en tiempos de pandemia, a mi la cuarentena me agarró sin amante interne, y sin contacto de piel.

No es sólo la sexualidad, es también el afecto. Lo que extraño de no tocar, no es la excitación, es el calor humano.

Está muy bien que seamos coherentes con nuestro consumo cuando acudimos al mercado agroecológico a comprar productos de km cero, sin aditivos químicos ni sufrimiento animal, en un comercio local de nuestro barrio. Y también que cuando nos hacemos una paja usando el material audiovisual de algunas plataformas online tengamos las mismas consideraciones. Es importante molestarse en saber quién hace el porno que ves, como lo son las condiciones laborales de las actrices y los actores porno, o si los rodajes han propiciado un entorno adecuado para tener sexo seguro. Y ya de paso, como tenemos tiempo, sería interesante desafiar la pornografía mainstream de producción en masa, y fomentar una pedagogía pornográfica alternativa que promueva otros imaginarios y que visibilice la diversidad de otras prácticas sexuales no representadas por la industria hegemónica, apoyándola a través de dicho consumo responsable.

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ideas política

about money, and the future.

David Graeber es un antropólogo super interesante, Apareció en mi radar en la época del Occupy Wall Street. En 2014 escribió este artículo sobre un paper publicado por el Bank of England:

The truth is out: money is just an IOU, and the banks are rolling in it

In other words, everything we know is not just wrong – it’s backwards. When banks make loans, they create money. This is because money is really just an IOU.

Un IOU, que yo tampoco lo sabía, es un pagaré. Literalmente “I Owe You”.

En los comentarios alguien menciona este movimiento del positive money, que he visto pasar por ahí, pero no sé exactamente de qué se trata. Otra persona le responde que es lo mismo pero al revés. Onda, no cambia nada. Un tercero replica pide explicación y alternativa. La respuesta es más que interesante:

Sort of but that sounds like an even more extreme version of monetarism.

I suggest rather than focus on money supply we focus on discretionary income. By increasing or lowering the amount of discretionary income people have we control the temperature of the economy. If you only control supply it doesn’t stop some disappearing into a yet to be discovered non-productive sink hole.

This can be done by removing housing and property from the capital markets. Mean values are tied to mean salaries. If we want to the economy to heat up we lower mortgage interest rates, and the mean house and rent values. If we want the economy to cool we raise them.

It has the added bonus of giving everyone a reasonably priced roof over their heads too. If the economy really goes down the toilet we can still have a roof over our heads. It also ties part of the welfare budget to the tax revenue budget.

The only people who lose out are professional speculators and professional landlords. They can work for a living like the rest of us.

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política technology

tech & politics

Van a disculpar la poliglotez, which is a bad joke. Porque escribo en inglés y en holandés con demasiados errores. Así que mi resumen de noticias, links y demás parafernalia incluye artículos en otros idiomas, pero mis comentarios irán en español. A ver cuanto dura.

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conciertos musica

Música (I)

Hace un tiempo descubrí a Colin Stetson, cuando salió su album All this I do  for glory, un tremendo saxofonista. Se suponía que iba a venir a tocar en el AB, en Bruselas, pero el concierto fue cancelado (sin que yo me haya enterado el porqué). En todo caso, ahora tiene otro proyecto: Ex Eye, una banda de metal (pa’ simplificar), con un disco muy bueno, también en Bandcamp.

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lang:en technology

I link you (I)

Things picked here and there:

Hau Chan, a computer scientist now at Harvard University who was presenting the work, responded that he couldn’t be sure how the new tool would be used. “I’m just an engineer,” he said. Lemoine quoted a lyric from a song about the wartime rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, in a heavy German accent: “Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down?” Then he angrily walked out

This is the same kind of irresponsible answer engineers, developers, and professionals in general without a political stand will make. It makes me think of this Radiolab episode, where a engineer said exactly the same: “I’m just an engineer”.  https://www.radiolab.org/story/breaking-news/

Somebody mentioned this book The Technological Society.

Further you could also read this article on MIT Tech Review: Bias already exists in search engine results, and it’s only going to get worse

  • The Building Blocks of Interpretability. This is complicated, but very interesting. I remember this series a saw a time ago in youtube (yikes!) > Learning to See. What I enjoyed the most is also the way I have to think about what “seeing” means. Teaching is the best way of learn.

About Programming:

About other things in the thing:

The final army is led by The Four Horsemen: Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple, the four most influential and dominant technology companies on the planet. (In past lives I’ve been a soldier for two of The Four, Amazon and Facebook). Whether it’s selling ads or storing data, The Four have become the nerve center of businesses all across the world and therefore take a cut from almost every business, regardless of whether it’s winning or losing its own particular battle for market share.

Taken from the Run Less Software, on Intercom. An article meant to hire new people I think. It says some interesting things, but also a lot of startups blah blah.

Nice stand on diversity from Access Now’s Open letter to the organizers of the RSA Conference

How did this happen? It’s hard to believe it is for lack of knowledge of the issues raised by lack of representation at panels and events. Women and TGNC individuals across the internet have raised alarm bells on this very issue for years. There are many resources for conference organizers, including the Geek Feminism Wiki, for example, with lists of diverse speakers in the tech field. Remarkably, despite these resources, many events beyond RSA Conference still fail to achieve even a modicum of diversity. However, as organizers of a series of conferences that attract a larger audience “than any other conference out there,” it is your responsibility to be aware of these issues and ensure proper representation.